One of my favourite New Zealand NT scholars – Christopher D. Marshall – had a new book published last month (June 2018)
I still remember attending lectures and talks given by Chris from over 25-years ago… they were so energising; rich encounters at the intersection of the NT exegesis, biblical studies, and contemporary cultural contexts. None more so than his, very formative for me, talks on Roman’s and later on human rights, peace-making, and justice. The first addition to my library was back in 1994 when I purchased Faith as a Theme in Mark’s Narrative (CUP, 1994), and his latest - All Things Reconciled: Essays on Restorative Justice, Religious Violence, and the Interpretation of Scripture (2018 / Cascade Books) – is in my book basket waiting for funds to purchase.
"The modern restorative justice movement, perhaps one of the most important social movements of our time, was born in a Christian home to Christian parents, specifically to Christian peace workers striving to put their faith into action in the public arena. The first major book on the subject was written primarily for a church audience and drew deeply on biblical themes and values. But as restorative justice has moved into the mainstream of criminological thought and policy, the significance of its originating spiritual impulse has been minimized or denied, and subsequent theological scholarship has done little to probe the relevance of restorative perspectives for doctrine and discipleship.
In this collection of essays, Christopher D. Marshall, a biblical scholar and restorative practitioner who has devoted his career to exploring the relationship between the two fields, considers how peacemaking Christians can honor the witness and authority of Scripture, including its apparently violence-endorsing strands, as they strive to join in God’s great work in Christ of “reconciling to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross” (Col 1:20)."
“In this engaging book, Chris Marshall not only extends his groundbreaking work on restorative justice, but reflects on what his involvement in the movement for restorative justice has taught him about Christian engagement in secular civil society, and reflects on what restorative justice implies for the way we look at God . . . Throughout these chapters, Marshall shows himself to be both a skilled interpreter of the Bible and a wise guide to some of the most pressing social problems of today.”
—William T. Cavanaugh, DePaul University